List of cyclists with a cycling-related death

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Parc des Princes Velodrome,
site of Breton's 1902 death
(circa 1900 postcard)

The first documented deaths of professional cyclists during competition date to the 1890s. Before 1929 at least 47 professional riders and pacemakers[Note 1] died at velodromes in track cycling[1][Note 2] and since 1994 a number of professionals have been killed in accidents with motorized vehicles while training on public roads. The dangers of cycling continue to be disputed among modern sources. For example, the 2005 United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) data showed bicycling to be nearly as dangerous as American football.[2] A survey of 2008 Olympics teams, however, indicated that cycling was not even in the top six most injury-prone sports during competition that year.[3]

Cyclists who died due to a race[edit]

Cyclists who died due to a race
Image Name Competitive status Date of death Nationality Notes
Pierre Froget Track cyclist August 21, 1894 France France Velodrome of Vichy. Crash while tandem racing as a track cyclist. Died 6 days later at the age of 21, was the first death in a cycling accident on a French track.[4]
AW "Bert" Harris Track cyclist (professional) April 21, 1897 United Kingdom United Kingdom Known as "Bert Harris" or "Invincible Harris", he was the fastest short-distance rider in England, the first Professional Cycling Champion of England and was one of the most well-known athletes of his day. His last and fatal race was held at Aston on Easter Monday of 1897 where his cycle touched another rider and he was upset head-first onto the track's surface. Harris died a few days later, never having regained consciousness, and tens of thousands of mourners lined the streets of Leicester for his funeral procession.[5][6][7][8][9][10][Note 3]
Oscar Aaronson[Note 4] Track cyclist December 22, 1900 Sweden Sweden Injured during December 16, 1900 competitors' crash at the New York City/Madison Square Garden Six-Day Race.[11][12][13] Died on the 22nd from aftereffects of crash, from exhaustion and pneumonia.[14]
Charles Kerff Road cyclist May 18, 1902 Belgium Belgium Charles Kerff crashed during the French cycling classic Marseille - Paris in which also his brother Marcel participated. He was taken to the hospital in Aix-en-Provence but died on arrival.[15]
Harry Elkes on his bicycle Harry Elkes Track cyclist May 30, 1903 United States United States Charles River Track, Cambridge, Massachusetts.[16][17][18] Elkes held the world record for "paced-cycle racing" during most of his career and just prior to his fatal accident had achieved a new 5 Miles World Record, going that distance in 6 minutes, 12 1/5 seconds.[16] Major Taylor in his autobiography called Elkes "one of the greatest middle-distance riders that ever pedalled a bicycle."[19]
A picture of Edouard Taylor posing on his bike. Edouard Taylor[Note 5] Track cyclist 1903[18][Note 6] France France Aubervilliers, France. In 1899 Taylor held a National (Stayers) Championship of France and in 1900 he was 3rd at the European Championships, 2nd at the World Championships and also beat Henry Elkes by 300 metres in a 50-mile race.[20] In his last year of competition he placed 3rd at the World Stayers Championship.[21][22]
A picture of Alfred Görnemann beside a bike. Alfred Görnemann October 11, 1903 German Empire German Empire Dresden track[23]
Pilack Track cyclist, pacemaker June 16, 1904 German Empire German Empire ? [23][24]
Paul Dangla holding one of his bikes Paul Dangla Track cyclist June 18, 1904 France France 1903 World Record-holder (Track), Dresden track[1][25] France, track cyclist[Note 7][26][27]
Karl Käser Track cyclist August 14, 1904 German Empire German Empire Plauen track[28][29]
George Leander being pushed on a bike by unidentified man. George Leander Track cyclist August 23, 1904 United States United States [18][30]
alt 2 studio photos of Brecy with a racing bicycle Charles Albert Brécy Track cyclist November 25, 1904 France France Parc des Princes velodrome,[31] track cyclist[Note 8]
Hubert Sevenich Track cyclist May 7, 1905 German Empire German Empire [32][33]
Willy Schmitter Track cyclist September 18, 1905 German Empire German Empire European Championship, Leipzig track,[34] track cyclist, September 18, 1905, European Championship[35]
Gustav Freudenberg Track cyclist April 29, 1906 German Empire German Empire [36][37]
Richard Huhndorf Track cyclist (amateur) July 22, 1906 German Empire German Empire [38][39]
Charles Peguy Track cyclist June 9, 1907 France France [40]
Louis Mettling Track cyclist June 21, 1907 United States United States [41][42]
Josef Schwarzer Pace maker August 30, 1907 German Empire German Empire Düsseldorf track[43]
Moritz Hübner Track cyclist (amateur) October 13, 1907 German Empire German Empire [44][45]
Gustav Schadebrodt Track cyclist October 22, 1907 German Empire German Empire [46]
Ernst Wolf Pace maker October 29, 1907 German Empire German Empire [47]
Tim Johnson Track cyclist April 24, 1907 United Kingdom United Kingdom [48]
A picture of Karel Verbist crossing his arms while standing. Karel Verbist Track cyclist July 21, 1909 Belgium Belgium [49] Bruxelles track. Verbist collided with his pacemaker's (Constant Ceurremans') motorcycle.[50][51]

Verbist is the subject of a macabre Flemish folk-poem... "Chareltje, Chareltje Verbist, hadt ge niet gereden op de pist(e), hadt ge niet gelegen in de kist."[52] which roughly translates to "Verbist, if you hadn’t ridden your bike, you may not have ended up in a coffin."

Fritz Theile in 1911 Fritz Theile Track cyclist June 4, 1911 German Empire German Empire Zehlendorf Velodrome[53]
Hans Bachmann Pace maker 1913 German Empire German Empire Velodrome Hall [54]
Hans Lange Track cyclist 1913 German Empire German Empire Velodrome Hall[54]
August Kraft Track cyclist July 25, 1913 German Empire German Empire Strasbourg, France[55]
Scheuermann posed on bicycle from between 1905-1906. Richard Scheuermann Track cyclist September 8, 1913 German Empire German Empire Cologne track. 100 kilometer event. Gus Lawson, Paul Guignard's pacemaker, lost control of his pacemaking motorcycle when the back tire blew out. Emil Meinhold, Scheuermann's pacemaker, then collided - at 50 mph on his motorcycle - straight into the wreckage.[56][57] Scheuermann and Lawson were both killed almost instantly. Meinhold was mistakenly reported in the newspapers of the day to have died (which error has been repeated in modern references[58]) but he recovered from his injuries and was involved in the cycling world for many years afterwards.[59] See de:Emil Meinhold (Emil Meinhold article in German Wikipedia)
Gus Lawson ca.1900-1905 Gus Lawson Pace maker September 8, 1913 United States United States Cologne track. 100 kilometer event.[57] (See Richard Scheuermann 'Notes' above.)
Max Hansen Track cyclist October 12, 1913 German Empire German Empire Berlin Velodrome Stadium[54]
Piet van Nek Sr. Track cyclist April 14, 1914 Netherlands Netherlands Leipzig track[60]
Willy Hamann Track cyclist July 21, 1914 German Empire German Empire Treptow track.The accident occurred on July 15, Hamann died six days later in hospital.[61]
Max Bauer Pace maker 1917 German Empire German Empire Treptow track[62]
Jacob Esser Track cyclist July 8, 1917 German Empire German Empire Düsseldorf Germany track[63][64]
A picture of Louis Darragon beside his bike. Louis Darragon Track cyclist April 28, 1918 France France Vélodrome d'Hiver Paris[65]
A photo of Peter Günther seated fifteen years before his death. Peter Günther Track cyclist October 7, 1918 German Empire German Empire Düsseldorf.[66] Guenther died the day after an October 6 accident involving his collision with his pacemaker's motorcycle after the motorcycle's rear tire burst.[67]
Hans Schneider Track cyclist January 1920 Weimar Republic Weimar Republic [68]
Emanuel Kudela Track cyclist September 22, 1920 Weimar Republic Weimar Republic Olympia track Berlin[69]
Christian Oorlemans Pace maker August 22, 1922 Netherlands Netherlands Amsterdam track[70]
Walter Ebert Track cyclist June 1, 1924 Weimar Republic Weimar Republic Magdeburg track[71]
Ganay in riding attire in 1922 Gustave Ganay Track cyclist August 23, 1926 France France Stayer. Died from a fall at the Parc des Princes.[72] The accident was immortalized by Ernest Hemingway in A Movable Feast with "where we saw that great rider Ganay fall and heard his skull crumple under the crash helmet as you crack an hard-boiled egg against a stone to peel it on a picnic."[73]
Franz Krupkat Track cyclist June 1, 1927 Weimar Republic Weimar Republic Leipzig track[74]
Ernst Feja Track cyclist June 1, 1927 Weimar Republic Weimar Republic [75]
Constant Ceurremans Pace maker June 18, 1931 Belgium Belgium /
Netherlands Netherlands
Was also involved in Karel (Charles) Verbist's fatal crash in 1909.[50][76]
Werner Krüger Pace maker July 21, 1931 Weimar Republic Weimar Republic Kruger died after a fall on the Cologne-Riehl track during a stayer race, while riding as a pacemaker for Emil Thollembeek.[77]
Georg Pawlack[Note 9] Track cyclist June 10, 1933 Nazi Germany Nazi Germany Pawlack was run over by a pacemaker after his bicycle slipped on a rain-soaked track.[78]
A picture of Georges Lemaire and two others. Georges Lemaire September 29, 1933 Belgium Belgium Belgian club championship, Uccle, Belgium [79][Note 10]
Emil Richli May 13, 1934 Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland track championships. Track cyclist[80]
Francisco Cepeda July 14, 1935 Spain Spain Tour de France. Died while making the Col du Galibier descent[81]
Len Johnson August 8, 1936 Australia Australia Melbourne to Sale Race. Johnson was riding on the Princes Highway, when he slowed due to a puncture and was hit by a truck laden with timber.[82]
Stefan Veger November 1936 Netherlands Netherlands Track Gent[83]
A picture of André Raynaud wearing a helmet. André Raynaud March 1937 France France Antwerp Sportpaleis[50][84]
Adrian Buttafocchi July 6, 1937 France France Col Esteret, Grand Prix d'Antibes. Crash with a truck during race[85]
Hefty Stuart December 9, 1938 Australia Australia Riding in a motor pacing event, Stuart’s front tyre blew out, causing him to fall and he was run over by a following pacing motorcycle. Stuart died in hospital two weeks later [86]
Alavoine in the 1910s Jean Alavoine July 18, 1943 France France Died during a veteran race in Argenteuil.[87][88]
Richard Depoorter June 16, 1948 Switzerland Switzerland Crashed into a tunnel wall on a "descent of the Sustenpas near Bern"[89] during the Tour of Switzerland, died onsite or shortly thereafter of his injuries.[90][91][92]
A picture Léon Level (right) and another rider before a race. Léon Level March 26, 1949 France France "Parc des princes" track, Paris (track cyclist) [93]
Paul Kroll November 8, 1949 Germany Germany Berlin "1000 laps", Funkturm track[94][Note 11]
Gerard ("Gerrit") van Beek March 15, 1951 Netherlands Netherlands Berlin Six Days. Died of a fatal skull fracture suffered during race.[95][96]
Camille Danguillaume June 26, 1951 France France Killed in collision with press motorcycle during Critérium International (Championship of France)[97][98][99]
Serse Coppi June 29, 1951 Italy Italy Crashed near the end of the 1951 Tour of Piedmont (aka "Tour du Piedmont" and "Giro del Piemonte"). Finished race but then died on June 29, 1951.[100][101]
Rudi Mirke December 10, 1951 Germany Germany Berlin Six Day. Died after falling during the race.[102][Note 12]
Orfeo Ponsin May 20, 1952 Italy Italy Giro d'Italia[103]
Erich Metze May 28, 1952[Note 13] Germany Germany [104]
The cyclist looking over his shoulder. Stan Ockers October 1, 1956 Belgium Belgium 1955 World Champion (Road Race) track race at the Sportpaleis Antwerp[105][106][Note 14]
Russell Mockridge (left) and Hubert Opperman in 1948 Russell Mockridge September 13, 1958 Australia Australia Tour of Gippsland[108][109][Note 15]
Knud Enemark Jensen September 1960 Denmark Denmark 1960 Summer Olympic Games. The first competitor's death to occur during the modern Olympic era, Jensen collapsed during a 100-kilometer team time trial, suffering a skull fracture and dying several hours later. Some commentators state that Jensen's autopsy revealed traces of drugs in his system but the Italian authorities' 1961 report stated that the official cause of death was heatstroke. A race-day temperature of 40 degrees Celsius/93 degrees Fahrenheit and Jensen's post-accident care (being kept in a "hot military tent"), could have been probable contributing factors.[110][111][112][113][114][115][116]
Alessandro Fantini May 5, 1961 Italy Italy Died after a crash at the end of the sixth stage of the 1961 Tour of Germany.[117]
Tom Simpson memorial, Mont Ventoux, 2 May 2009.jpg Tom Simpson July 13, 1967 United Kingdom United Kingdom Tour de France.[118][119] 1965 World Road Race Champion,[120][121][Note 16]
Valentin Uriona July 30, 1967 Spain Spain Spanish Championship [122][123]
José Samyn August 28, 1969 France France Zingem, Belgium [124]
Radames Treviño[125] April 12, 1970  Mexico Crashed during a regional race between Pachuca and Mexico City[126]
A picture of Jean-Pierre Monseré holding his child after winning a race. Jean-Pierre Monseré March 15, 1971 Belgium Belgium 1970 World Champion. Grand Prix de Retie.[127][128][Note 17][129]
Manuel Galera February 14, 1972 Spain Spain Tour of Andalusia[130][131]
Graeme Jose June 23, 1973 Australia Australia While taking part in a race in Feldkirch Austria, he ran into the rear of a parked tray topped lorry and was killed.[132]
Juan Manuel Santisteban[Note 18] May 21, 1976 Spain Spain Giro d'Italia. Died as a result of injuries when his head struck a crash barrier.[81][103]
A picture of Karl Kaminski and another rider being paced during a track race. Karl Kaminski August 10, 1978 East Germany East Germany Leipzig[133]
Joaquim Agostinho May 10, 1984 Portugal Portugal During the Tour of Algarve.[134] Died ten days after colliding with a dog who had run onto the race-course.[135]
Emilio Ravasio May 28, 1986 Italy Italy Giro d'Italia[103]
Vicente Mata February 17, 1987 Spain Spain Trofeo Luis Puig[136] Died after colliding with a car during race.
Michel Goffin February 27, 1987 Belgium Belgium Tour du Haut-Var in Marseilles France.[137][138] Goffin crashes and, after spending six days in a coma, dies from his injuries.[136]
Connie Meijer August 17, 1988 Netherlands Netherlands A criterium in the Netherlands[139]
A plaque honoring Casartelli with a picture of him in the center. Fabio Casartelli July 18, 1995 Italy Italy Tour de France.[140][141][142] Casartelli was the reigning Olympic Champion at the time of his crash and subsequent death.[136]
José Antonio Espinosa[Note 19] November 1996 Spain Spain Fuenlabrada[143][144][Note 20]
Manuel Sanroma June 19, 1999 Spain Spain Volta a Catalunya[145]
Saúl Morales February 28, 2000 Spain Spain Tour of Argentina[146]
Nicole Reinhart Road and track cyclist (professional) September 17, 2000 United States United States Arlington Massachusetts circuit race[147]
Andrey Kivilev Road cyclist (professional) March 12, 2003  Kazakhstan Paris–Nice.[148] After his death, the wearing of helmets became compulsory in all official UCI races.
Brett Malin Road cyclist (amateur) June 17, 2003 United States United States Race Across America[149][150]
Garrett Lemire Road cyclist March 15, 2003 United States United States Tucson Bicycle Classic[151]
Juan Barrero Road cyclist (amateur) June 11, 2004 Colombia Colombia Vuelta a Colombia ("Tour of Colombia")[152]
Tim Pauwels September 26, 2004 Belgium Belgium A cyclo-cross race in Belgium[153]
Alessio Galletti Road cyclist (professional) June 15, 2005 Italy Italy Subida al Naranco[154][155]
Bob Breedlove Road cyclist (amateur) June 25, 2005 United States United States Race Across America[149]
Isaac Gálvez Road cyclist (professional) November 26, 2006 Spain Spain Six Days of Ghent. Galvez died after coming into contact with Dimitri De Fauw and then crashing into a track railing.[156][157]
Bruno Neves Road cyclist (professional) May 11, 2008 Portugal Portugal Classica de Amarante.[158] Neves' collapse from heart failure caused him to crash during the race.[159][160][161]
Thomas Casarotto September 10, 2010 Italy Italy During the Giro del Friuli Venezia Giulia[162] at Pesariis,[163] Casarotto hit the wing mirror of a SUV parked on the course[163] and then crashed. He died September 15, 2010 of head injuries and trauma.[164]
Wouter Weylandt wearing a Quick Step uniform and sunglasses. Wouter Weylandt Road cyclist (professional)
May 9, 2011 Belgium Belgium Fatal Crash on the Passo del Bocco during the third stage of the 2011Giro d'Italia[165]
Wouter Dewilde March 1, 2013 Belgium Belgium [166]
Junior Heffernan Road cyclist (amateur) March 3, 2013 Republic of Ireland Ireland Died after collision with a car during the Severn Bridge Road Race in Gloucestershire.[167]
Jeanné Nell Track cyclist February 11, 2014 South Africa South Africa Died in Cape Town, South Africa, during a keirin race.[168]
Annefleur Kalvenhaar Mountainbiker August 23, 2014 Netherlands Netherlands Died in Grenoble, France, due to an accident during a UCI World Cup XCE race in Méribel, France.[169]
Will Olson Enduro August 2, 2015  United States Died in Crested Butte during an Enduro World Series race.[170]
Wouter Weylandt wearing a Wallonie-Bruxelles uniform in 2015 Antoine Demoitié Road cyclist (professional)
Wanty–Groupe Gobert
March 27, 2016 Belgium Belgium Died in hospital in Lille, due to injuries sustained in an accident during the Gent-Wevelgem race. Having been one of a group of cyclists who fell as the race went through Sainte-Marie-Cappel, he was struck by a motorbike accompanying the race.[171]
Antoing - Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux, étape 1, 3 avril 2015, départ (C008).JPG Daan Myngheer Road cyclist (professional)
Roubaix–Lille Métropole
March 28, 2016 Belgium Belgium Died in hospital two days after suffering a heart attack during first stage of Criterium International[172][173]
Randall Fox Road cyclist
(collegiate cyclist)
March 29, 2016 United States United States Died following a crash during a collegiate road race. He lost control of his bike on a descent and collided with a guardrail.[174][175]
Gijs Verdick Road cyclist (professional)
Cyclingteam Jo Piels
May 9, 2016 Netherlands Netherlands Died a week after suffering two heart attacks at the Under-23 Carpathian Couriers Race in Poland.[176]
Diego Andrés Suta Robayo Road cyclist (amateur) August 30, 2016  Colombia Suta, who was competing in the Vuelta de la Juventud for the first time, was descending the Alto de Daza just 12 km into the 162 km stage 2 when he crashed on a turn and suffered fatal head injuries.[177]
Bahman Golbarnezhad 2016 Summer Paralympics.jpg Bahman Golbarnezhad Road cyclist
Iranian Paralympic
September 17, 2016  Iran 2016 Summer Paralympics. Died after suffering a cardiac arrest on the way to hospital after his head injury during a collision with a rock midway through the race in Pontal, Rio de Janeiro, during the C4 road race of the Paralympics.[178][179]
Dejan Maric Road cyclist (amateur) September 25, 2016  Serbia Died during the Wuyi Mountain cycling race in southeast Chinas Fujian province.[180][181]
Eslam Nasser Zaki Road and track cyclist March 20, 2017  Egypt Suffered a fatal heart attack while riding in the omnium event at the African Continental Track Championships at the Cyril Geoghegan Velodrome in Durban, South Africa.[182] He was a member of the Bahraini VIB Bikes road race team.
Mike Hall Road endurance cyclist March 31, 2017  United Kingdom Died after being struck by a car on the outskirts of Canberra, Australia. He was in second place in a 3,300 mile race, the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, which was subsequently cancelled.[183]
Chad Young Road cyclist (professional)
Axeon Hagens Berman
April 28, 2017  United States Received severe head injuries in a fall on a descent during the final stage of the Tour of the Gila into Pinos Altos, New Mexico and died in hospital in Tucson five days later.[184]
Casey Saunders Road cyclist (professional) June 25, 2017  United States Died after crashing in the Pro-1-2 criterium at Tour of Kansas City.[185]
Mathieu Riebel Road cyclist (professional)
Shell Pacific team
October 20, 2017  France Died instantly in the collision which happened on the descent of the Col de La Pirogue during Stage 9 of the Tour de Nouvelle-Calédonie.[186]
Denain - Grand Prix de Denain, 13 avril 2017 (B071).JPG Michael Goolaerts Road cyclist (professional)
Vérandas Willems–Crelan team
April 8, 2018  Belgium During the Paris–Roubaix classic, Goolaerts suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest on the 3rd cobbled sector at Saint-Python, after 109 km of racing. He was resuscitated by paramedics and transferred by helicopter to CHRU-Hospital in Lille, although he died later that day.[187]

Professionals who died during training and other cycling related deaths[edit]

These athletes did not die during competition, but rather died during training, during scheduled breaks while participating in a professional race or from another reason related to cycling. Since 1994, at least twenty-eight professional cyclists have been killed after being struck by a car or truck while training.[citation needed]

1900s to 1928[edit]

  • Archie McEachern, May 13, 1902, Canada, Track cyclist. Coliseum Cycling Track, Atlantic City, New Jersey.[188] McEachern, a former middle distance Canadian National Champion, was also winner of the 1901 New York Madison Square Garden Six-Day Bicycle Race (the first Canadian to do so). In May 1902 he was participating in a practice run prior to the Atlantic City velodrome's official opening that was being paced by a tandem motorcycle (driven by his two trainers Bobby Thompson and Alfred Boake). Riding closely to the pace vehicle, McEachern was fatally injured when the bike's drive chain broke and he died within minutes.[189][190] Canadian Cyclist placed him 9th on their list of Top 25 Canadian Cyclists of the Century in 1999[189] and Journal of Sport History (Volume 1-2, published 1974) stated that he "was one of Canada's most famous professional cyclists" of his day.[191]
  • Breton,[192] track cyclist, Parc des Princes track, August 1902. Breton was killed when he steered his bicycle away from another cyclist and into the path of a 14-horsepower motorcycle being driven at 50 mph by Marius Thé. The track management allowed motorcyclists and racing bicyclists (called "flyers") to train at the same time.[192]
  • Jimmy Michael, Aberaman, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales, United Kingdom. November 1904. 1885 & 1902 World Record-holder (Track).[193] Died while en route from the UK to the United States on the ocean steamer "Savoie". He was either suffering from alcoholic delirium tremens,[194] a brain hemorrhage[1] or possibly a combination of the two. Michael's death most certainly had its genesis in a 1903 cycling accident at Friedenau[24] where he fractured his skull[195] and thereafter suffered debilitating headaches.[23][196]
  • Hugh McLean, US, died on September 9 or 10, 1909.[197] as a result of a training accident earlier in the month at the Revere, Mass. cycling track.[Note 21][198][199] McLean was a champion middle distance cyclist[198] who had placed 2nd in the 1899 World Championship (Track/Stayers) and 1st with Floyd Krebs at the 1907 Boston Six Days.[199]
  • Adolphe Hélière, France. Drowned while swimming during a rest day of the 1910 Tour de France.[200]
  • Franz Suter,[201] Switzerland, June 1, 1914. Struck by a train while training with his brother Paul near Courbevoie, France.
  • Floyd MacFarland, United States. 1900 & 1908 Six-Day Race Winner (Madison Square Garden). Stabbed to death with a screwdriver during practice at Newark Velodrome, April 17, 1915.[65][202]
  • Ottavio Bottecchia, 1924 & 1925 Tour de France Winner,[203] Italy, June 14, 1927. Found by the side of the road with bruises and serious skull fracture. The cause has remained a mystery — various theories have included a solo-crash/serious fall or an assault by unknown Fascists.[204][205]
  • Gustave Lejour, 1928, track cyclist, while training on the Frankfurt (Germany) track[206]

1994 to 2009[edit]

  • Antonio Martín, Spain. He was killed by a truck while training near Madrid, 1994.[207]
  • Néstor Mora, Augusto Triana [208] and Hernán Patiño, February 21, 1995, Colombia Three members of Team Postobon were killed almost immediately while group training when a truck collided with another vehicle, sending the second vehicle careening into the group of cyclists.[209]
  • Anders Nilsson, Sweden, June 21, 2000. National team member in triathlon, professional. Died immediately when hit by a speeding car during bicycle training, the driver left the scene.[210]
  • Ricardo Otxoa, Spain. February 15, 2001.[211] Hit by a car during a training session together with his brother Javier (who survived but suffered serious brain injuries). The Circuito de Getxo was renamed the Memorial Ricardo Otxoa in his honor.
  • Luke Harrop, Australia. January 13, 2002. Struck by a stolen car driven by an unlicensed driver who was out on bail at the time and who also fled the scene. Gold Coast, Brisbane, Australia during a training ride. Having severe head trauma, former champion triathlete Harrop died a day after the accident. In 2003, Australia's Gold Coast Triathlon was renamed in Harrop's memory as the Gold Coast Triathlon — Luke Harrop Memorial.[212][213][214][215][216]
  • Lauri Aus, Estonia. July 20, 2003. Hit by a truck driven by a drunk driver while training for the Estonian MTB (Mountain Biking) Championship.[217][218]
  • Amy Gillett, Australia. Head-on collision with a car in Germany on July 18, 2005 (while training with her squad for the Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen which had been scheduled for the next day).[219]
  • Frederiek Nolf, Belgium. Died in his sleep during the 2009 Tour of Qatar. February 5, 2009.[220]

2010 to present[edit]

  • Jure Robič, Slovenia. September 24, 2010. Robič, who won RAAM five times and was renowned for pushing himself to extreme mental breakdown during endurance races, died in a head-on collision with a car while descending on a narrow mountain forest road in Plavški Rovt near Jesenice, Slovenia .[221]
  • Carla Swart, South Africa. January 19, 2011. Swart was a professional who had won nineteen individual and team cycling titles spanning four different variations of biking (cyclo-cross, mountain bike, road, and track) while on the Lees–McRae College cycling team. She lost her cycling computer while on a training ride in her native South Africa and turned into the path of an oncoming truck in a bid to retrieve it.[222]
  • Carly Hibberd, Australia, was hit by a car while training in Italy. July 6, 2011.[223]
  • Iñaki Lejarreta, 29, Spanish mountain biker, killed in a training accident when his cycle was struck by a car.[224][225]
  • Burry Stander, South Africa. January 3, 2013. Died during a training ride after colliding with a vehicle.[226]
  • Victor Cabedo, Spain. September 19, 2013. Died during a training ride after colliding with a vehicle.[227][228]
  • Amy Dombroski, United States. October 3, 2013. A cyclo-cross competitor, Dombroski was hit by a truck while training in Belgium.[229]
  • Kristof Goddaert, Belgium. February 18, 2014. Goddaert was killed during a training ride in Antwerp when he fell from his bike and was struck by a bus.[230]
  • Cláudio Clarindo, Brazil. January 25, 2016. While on a training ride Clarindo was struck by an automobile whose driver had fallen asleep and he died almost immediately after being hit. Clarindo was ranked 12th in the world ultra-distance rankings the year before his death.[231]
  • Michele Scarponi, 37, 22 April 2017. Winner of the 2011 Giro d'Italia, Scarponi died after being hit by a truck, while on a training ride in Filottrano.[232]
  • Jason Lowndes, 23, 22 December 2017. Struck by a car while training near Bendigo, Australia.[233]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pacemakers" in this sense were motorcyclists who rode motorcycles as a team mate in front of and for specific professional cyclists. These motorized vehicles provided an additional boost of speed to the cyclists behind them via their slipstreams. (See Horman's Life in the Slipstream.)
  2. ^ The total includes the professional pacemakers (14) and riders (33) but does not include injuries/deaths of bystanders. On page 101 Mangan recounts some details of the infamous 1909 Friedenau (Berlin) track accident with nine spectators being killed and 52 others injured.
  3. ^ According to BBC Inside Out and other sources, the accident that caused Harris' death could be considered suspicious. The front wheel he borrowed in order to race was damaged and some have speculated about whether such an experienced cyclist would have made this mistake.
  4. ^ Some sources spell Oscar Aaronson's last name as "Aronson".
  5. ^ Taylor is also known as "Edouard-Henry Taylor".
  6. ^ There appears to be some confusion over the year of Taylor's death, reported in various reliable sources as occurring in either 1903 or 1902. Any references to his death occurring in 1901 seem to be in error since he placed 3rd at the World Championships in 1902.
  7. ^ The June 18 date seems to be the date of the accident. Dangla apparently lingered in a coma before dying of his injuries on June 24. See "ATHLETICS(Note by Amateur)".
  8. ^ The accident took place on November 14, Brecy died on November 25 after lingering for 11 days.
  9. ^ Pawlack is also rendered as "Georg Klein Bohrau Pawlack".
  10. ^ Per Cycling Archives, this race is also known as the "Inter Clubs Championship" and took place in Uccle, Belgium.
  11. ^ When Walter Rutt (the former world champion) wrote to the "American Bicyclist and Motorcyclist(Volume 71)" published in 1950, he referred to this race not as the actual Six-Day Race but as a 'team race that was run before' it and that this team race was of a 'A Thousand Laps'(150 km) variety.
  12. ^ There were two Berlin Six-Days run in 1951. Van Beek died while racing the March 1951 Berlin Six-Day and Mirke died during the December Six-Day.
  13. ^ Metze's month of death is variously reported as being either in May(Velo Gotha) or in July.(
  14. ^ Ockers crashed on September 29 and died two days later, thousands of people took to the streets for his funeral.[105][107]
  15. ^ Jim Taylor was a fellow cyclist riding in the Tour and was also hit by the bus that killed Mockridge.
  16. ^ The circumstances surrounding Simpson's death were controversial. The autopsy report said that drugs (amphetamines) were found in his system but judged the cause of death as being a combination of heat-stroke, oxygen depletion and physical exertion. Notwithstanding the drugs in his system the temperature that day was at least 42 degrees Celsius and the fact that Tour officials limited riders to two bottles of water a day was most probably a contributing factor.
  17. ^ Wilcockson refers to the race as "a kermesse race at Retié".
  18. ^ Maneul's last name is also sometimes spelled as "Santiesteban".
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  20. ^ Espinosa's accident occurred during a team time trial ("el Criterium de Fuenlabrada") for the Fuenlabrada race, not the race itself.
  21. ^ The date of McLean's death is reported as both September 3 (The World almanac) and as "early today" September 9 or 10th (News from the Outside World).


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